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Governor's Son Arrested at Bar With Fake ID

Using a fake ID to get into a bar isn't really big news, unless you are the child of an important politician. Joe Ducey, the 19 year-old son of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, is learning that the hard way. On his Christmas break, Joe happened to be doing the wrong thing at the wrong place at the wrong time, and got himself arrested. Though he wasn't the target of a police investigation, he ended up caught in the dragnet.

Michael Cohen, the man who claims he covered up the president's "dirty deeds," was sentenced to three years in prison this morning for his role in funneling hush money to two Donald Trump mistresses in the run-up to the 2016 election. The former lawyer and "fixer," also received a two-month sentence for lying to Congress regarding Trump's business dealings in Russia, which he will be able to serve concurrently.

This is big news, of course, but the questions naturally turn to: What does Trump think, and how will this affect the presidency?

The whole idea of having a "fixer" is that the person keeps you out of trouble and doesn't get caught doing it. It's safe to say that former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen was not a great fixer.

Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud in August, admitting he worked "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" to influence the 2016 presidential election. That influence involved making payments to alleged Trump mistresses to keep them quiet before the election. Cohen pleaded guilty again in November, conceding he lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding a proposed Trump Tower construction in Moscow.

On Friday, federal prosecutors submitted a sentencing memorandum recommending a substantial prison term for the president's former fixer.

In October 2017, President Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, surrendered to the FBI after being indicted on a litany of charges, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, and making false and misleading statements in documents filed and submitted under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The FBI, in an investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was looking into connections between possible links and financial ties between Russia and Trump associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Manafort was out on bail before trial on those charges, but no more. A federal judge revoked Manafort's bail and ordered him to jail after Mueller's team accused him of attempting to tamper with the testimony of two potential witnesses in his criminal case.

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to New York City police this morning, and was arraigned on a criminal complaint containing two charges of rape and another charge of criminal sex. After a processing and a quick hearing, Weinstein was released after posting $1 million bail.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault by a multitude of women, and prosecutors told the judge that the investigation was ongoing. Weinstein's attorney maintained that his client is innocent.

After federal agents raided his lawyer Michael Cohen's office, current U.S. president and noted legal expert Donald Trump tweeted: "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

This will be news to lawyers and legal scholars nationwide. What may be news to Trump and Cohen is that there are exceptions to attorney-client privilege, one of which applies to communications between an attorney and a client that are made in furtherance of a fraud or other crime. So, while FBI raids of lawyers' offices are rare, they may be an indication of the type of information agents are seeking.

New Trial Ordered for Adnan Syed of 'Serial' Podcast Fame

Fans of the podcast Serial are atwitter over the news that the subject of the captivating podcast's first season has been granted a new trial. Adnan Syed was convicted 18 years ago for murder. But as the podcast brought to light, there seemed to be serious inconsistencies and missed opportunities by his original defense team. Perhaps Serial lovers will now get a new season covering Adnan's new trial after all these years.

Descriptions of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's behavior have ranged from rape and serial sexual assault to sexual harassment and "workplace misconduct." Good Morning America called his behavior "gross," and the New York Attorney General opened a civil rights investigation into his former production company.

And now you can add sex trafficking to the list of descriptions. A British actress is suing Weinstein, claiming his assault on her in a French hotel room falls under the legal description of sex trafficking.

This past August, a federal judge ordered the release of Brendan Dassey, who is best known as the subject of the 2015 documentary ‘Making a Murderer’ for his alleged role in the rape and murder of a 25 year old woman in 2005. The overturned conviction was big news back in August of this year, but now, after a few weeks of fighting over whether he should remain in custody pending a retrial, Dassey is actually set to be released.

The documentary exposed the plight of Brendan Dassey, who was 16 years old at the time of his arrest. Dassey was shown being coerced into confessing, as well as being abandoned and railroaded by his court appointed attorney. Ultimately he was sentenced on nothing but the coerced confession. While some may still be nervous about his release, there are still many conditions that he will need to satisfy, and he will be registered as a sex offender.

Over 20 years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman, the Los Angeles Police Department announced it had "recovered an item with possible evidentiary value related to the Brown/Goldman double homicide." (The fact that this announcement was made on Twitter, while a dramatized miniseries on the trial airs on television, demonstrates just how far removed we are from1995.)

While the discovery of a knife supposedly recovered from Simpson's former estate has piqued even more interest in the case -- after all, the murder weapon was never found -- for now it only raises more questions about the police investigation, and offers little in the way of answers. But we do know whether O.J. could face a new murder trial.